Verisign Report: DDoS Attacks Employed in Multiple Forms

For more than 20 years, Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks have been flooding legitimate websites and disrupting service. After all this time, however, DDoS attacks have not slowed, but rather intensified, and even varied in size and type.

In Q1 2018, Verisign, a trusted CSC® partner, observed that 58% of mitigated DDoS attacks employed multiple attack types. This included a 53% increase in the number of attacks, as well as a 47% increase in the attack peak sizes, when compared to Q4 2017; however, the attack peak sizes have decreased by 21%, year over year.

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Hebrew IDN for .com Launches Soon

Verisign announced the launch of their newest “.com” IDN language offering, Hebrew. .קום (.xn--9dbq2a) joins their portfolio, which already includes Japanese and Korean versions of “.com.” All Verisign supported IDN languages will be available for registration. The launch begins with a Sunrise phase for trademark holders on July 30, 2018, and runs through September 4, 2018. This phase will be first-come, first-served. A Limited Registration phase for existing holders of a .com domain (in either ASCII or IDN scripts) runs from September 5, 2018, until November 4, 2018. General Availability begins on November 5, 2018. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.


.ελ (.xn--qxam)







Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)



Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
.abudhabi 21-May-2018 18-Jul-2018 No Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre
.xn--mgbca7dzdo (.ابوظبي “Abudhabi” Arabic) 21-May-2018  18-Jul-2018 No Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre
.realestate 28-Jul-2018 23-Aug-2018 Yes dotRealEstate LLC
.xn--9dbq2a (.קוֹם “com”) 30-Jul-2018 31-Aug-2018 Yes VeriSign Sarl
.bot (Limited 2) 5-Dec-2017 30-Jul-2018 TBD Amazon Registry Services, Inc.
.llc 9-Jul-2018 18-Jul-2018 Yes Afilias plc
General Availability
.abudhabi  21-Jul-2018 n/a Yes Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre
.xn--mgbca7dzdo (.ابوظبي “Abudhabi” Arabic)  21-Jul-2018 n/a Yes Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre
.llc  23-Jul-2018 n/a Yes Afilias plc

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide July 16, 2018